Word on the street

Following the investigation of a complaint against Neaton Rome Inc, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division has forced the auto parts manufacturer to reinstate and pay an employee $13,133 in lost wages as the federal labor probe determined that Neaton terminated the employee in…

Cartersville-based Phoenix Air has been awarded a 10-year federal contract by the U.S. Department of State to provide air ambulance services and air passenger services for U.S. diplomatic missions around the world.

RidgeBerry Property Management Company, a Rome-based company that launched in May 2017, is expanding its service offerings to meet the property management and real estate investment needs of Northwest Georgia.

Floyd County Master Gardeners will offer a free community workshop on "Flower Arranging" Saturday, Sept. 28.

Ashley (Ellington) Garner will return to her former post as the executive director of the Community Foundation for Greater Rome. Garner served as the foundation's original chief executive for several years until leaving the position in May of 2018.

The Bartow County Fire Marshal has shut down the Magnuson Countryside Inn, 100 Georgia North Cir. in Adairsville for multiple violation of the Life Safety code.

Scores of bicyclists will be riding through western Floyd County on September 28 on one of the weekend Bike Ride Across Georgia events.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources in encouraging Georgians to celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day on Saturday, Sept. 28.

Native Roman Stacy Brown will celebrate a huge homecoming Tuesday when she opens her own Chicken Salad Chick restaurant at 800 Martha Berry Boulevard.

Rome's Living & Giving Lifestyle, 401 Broad Street, owned and operated by Lisa Landry and Sheree White, has won a "Retailer Excellence Award" in the Store Events category.

Cloudland Canyon State Park in extreme Northwest Georgia has been honored by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources with the agency's Natural Resource Enhancement Award.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is offering special instruction for outdoor enthusiast who would like to learn more about hunting.

Berry College associate professor of geology Tami J. Jovanelly is now featured in the Tough Girl podcast series.

The Rome Noon Optimist Club celebrated its 60th year of continuous service to our community last December. At that time it was the largest Optimist Club in the State of Georgia. Monday, the District Governor will be in town Monday to officially induct the 100th member of the club.

Keep Rome Floyd Beautiful will participate in the annual Great Georgia Pollinator Census on Friday, August 23, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

DeSoto State Park on Lookout Mountain will host a moonlight paddle on the Little River Friday, August 16.

The Rome Chapter of the Southern Cruisers (Motorcycle) Riding Club will be Cruisin’ for St. Jude from Rome on Saturday, Sept. 14.

Last week, volunteers spent an entire day on a bus touring Rome and Floyd County to score the amount of litter they saw. The results of that tour have been tabulated and the measurement of litter is a little worse than it was a year ago.

The Rome Building Inspection office is currently reviewing plans for a new Dollar Tree which will be located in the building that formerly housed Rite Aid drug store at 2005 Maple Avenue, near East 20th Street.

Fresh Georgia peaches and Washington cherries will be delivered to Rome on Thursday, July 25. The Fresh Farms truck will be at the Tractor Supply, 420 Cartersville Highway from 9:30 to 10 a.m.

The annual Chieftains/Major Ridge Home Low-Country Boil and Barbecue will move from the Rome Civic Center on Jackson Hill to the Palladium on the Coosa Valley Fairgrounds Friday, August 9.

Marlem "Nataly" Gonzalez-Ramirez has joined Garden Lakes Realty as a license real estate agent and and realtor.

Floyd County social worker Kiara McConnell has been honored for her efforts to reunite foster children with their parents.

The latest data from the Georgia Department of Labor showed Floyd County with a 3.6% jobless rate for May, up 0.4% from April, but still near historic lows.

River City Bank Assistant Vice President & Retail Banking Manager Jennifer Selman has completed the Graduate School of Banking program at Louisiana State University.

The Coosa Valley Credit Union has again been recognized by Forbes magazine as a “Best-in-State” credit union. It marks the second time the Rome-based financial institution has made the list. CVCU is one of only five credit unions in Georgia to be recognized by the editors of the magazine.

Habitat for Humanity's annual Hard Hats and High Heels Gala has been scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Courtyard by Marriott Rome Riverwalk. The event will begin at 6 p.m.

The University of Georgia Extension Service will host a workshop to teach folks a little more about keeping goats and sheep July 30 at the Gordon County Agricultural Service Center.

Oglethorpe Power has contributed a used vehicle lift to the Automotive Technician Program at Georgia Northwestern Technical College. The lift will assist students working toward their Automotive Service Excellence Certificate improved access to work underneath vehicles.

FirstBank Mortgage has awarded $1,000 scholarships to a trio of families in the Rome area as part of its Next Generation Mortgage Scholarship program.

Shanklin-Attaway American Legion Post 5 Commander Steve Rood has confirmed that the Legion does once again have its post home on Shorter Avenue under contract.

Several Rome officials will be leading panel discussions at the upcoming Georgia Municipal Association annual convention June 21-25 in Savannah.

Romans all very well aware that health care is a big business in Rome and Floyd County. A new report by the Georgia Hospital Association confirms that with some very specific numbers.

Bartow County is one of 47 rural communities across the nation that will receive technical assistance for the development of long-term economic development efforts.

F&P Georgia in the Floyd County Industrial Park off US 27 south will host a charity 5K run and health walk on Saturday, June 15. Funds generated by the event will be directed to the assistance of an employees who’s wife is suffering from cervical cancer.

Mount Berry Mall officials have unveiled plans for a Rome Summer Showcase event, designed to highlight local food, business, health and recreational venues. The event will be held at the mall on Thursday, July 18, from 2 to 5 p.m. Businesses can register to participate at www.ourcityfavorites.com.

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